INDIANAPOLIS — An organization is connecting businesses with ex-offenders to try to address a tight labor market and help people who are struggling to find work after leaving jail or prison. Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry, usually known as PACE, is a non-profit that helps people return to society after spending time behind bars. Develop Indy, the economic development branch of Indy Chamber, has linked 112 businesses to PACE since late 2017, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported . Develop Indy officials noted that they view the ex-offender community as an untapped resource in a tight work market with a 4 percent unemployment rate. Rhiannon Edwards, executive director of PACE, said the not-for-profit has more partner employers than ever, which allows them to give time and “shoestring budget” to screening clients and trying to pair them with available jobs. In 2018, PACE helped about 4,400 clients on a $1 million budget. PACE has placed about 120 ex-offenders in available jobs.